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2023 Science and Technology of Emerging Materials Symposium

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General Information

The 2023 Science and Technology of Emerging Materials Symposium (2023 STEMS) will be held on March 16-17, 2023, at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. The symposium is organized by the PREM Center for Ultrafast Dynamics and Catalysis in Emerging Materials  at UCF and aims to bring together scientists with research interest in quantum materials as well as materials for energy to discuss the latest progress and development in these fields. The symposium will consist of technical sessions with invited and contributed presentations, a poster session including a student poster competition.

Technical Program

The technical program will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 16th and 17th, 2023 in the 101 hall of the L3Harris Corporation Engineering Center (HEC building) at the University of Central Florida. The coffee breaks, lunches, and poster sessions will take place in the HCEC atrium.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Ting Cao (University of Washington)
Joshua Robinson (Penn State)
Xiao-Xiao Zhang (University of Florida)
Michael Filler (Georgia Tech)
Wei David Wei (University of Florida)
Daniela Radu (Florida International University)
Xiaosong Li (University of Washington)

Symposium topics
  • Synthesis and characterization of 2D quantum materials
  • Exotic properties of quantum materials
  • Light interaction with quantum matter
  • Synthesis and characterization of novel materials for energy and environment
  • Single atoms, clusters, particles, and defects
Abstracts Submission

The abstracts submission deadline is Sunday Feb. 19, 2023

Contributed papers are being accepted for both oral and poster presentations. Interested participants are invited to submit contributions on the following topics:

  • Synthesis and characterization of 2D quantum materials
  • Exotic properties of quantum materials
  • Light matter interaction in quantum materials
  • Materials for energy and environmental applications
  • Atomic clusters and low-D defects for energy and environmental applications
  • Advances in characterization methods and modeling in energy and environmental materials

In the registration form, you will be asked to propose a session for your abstract based on the list of topics above.

All prospective authors must submit a one-page abstract, including figures and references. Authors should indicate preference for oral or poster presentation. Please follow the abstract formatting guidelines as shown below

Abstract Guide: One page abstract, single ­spaced, 1” margins all around in MS Word. Print title in Arial 14 pt bold on the first line centered, all upper case, (except chemical symbols). Leave one blank line, and then type in Arial 12 pt, centered, the names of the authors using upper and lower case as needed. Underline presenting author’s name. Leave another blank line, and type each author’s affiliation and postal address. Leave two blank lines and type abstract text, in Arial 11 pt, with one blank line between paragraphs. The body of the abstract text is limited to 200 words. Leave another blank line and indicate e­mail address of presenting or contact author. Graphs and images can be included, as long as the entire abstract fits on one page.

Authors Notification: Authors will receive an e­mail acknowledgement within 1 week.

Abstracts must be submitted via email ( by Sunday Feb. 19, 2023.

Online Registration

Registration is required for all participants.

Please complete and submit the registration form (see link below) before March 1, 2023 at Midnight EDT.
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Registration fee:

Early Bird:  $150 (faculty/researchers) $100 (students)
After March 1:  $200 (faculty/researchers) $150 (students)
The registration fee will cover lunches and coffee breaks on both days and a dinner reception on day 1.

Fee waivers for a limited number of students:

A limited number of fee waivers will be offered to students. We especially welcome submission from student members of underrepresented groups in STEM, minority-serving institutions and undergraduate institutions. To apply for fee waivers, students will need to fill a form that will be posted on this website.

Oral Presentations


Invited Talks: 30 minutes (25 minutes of presentation+5 minutes for discussion)
Contributed Talks: 15 minutes (12 minutes of presentation+3 minutes for discussion)

Audio/Visual Equipment

We recommend the use of PowerPoint slides for presentation on a LCD video projector.
The conference room will be equipped with a laptop, an LCD video projector, and a microphone. You may also bring your own laptop.

Uploading of the presentation files will be done before the sessions start and during the coffee and lunch breaks. Please make sure that you contact your Session Chair to upload your presentation. We recommend that speakers be at their session at least 10 minutes before it begins.

Poster Display and Sessions

The poster session and reception will be held on Thursday, March 16th from 5:45 to ­7.45 p.m. A student poster competition for graduate and undergraduate students will be included in the poster session.

Poster Set Up: Thursday, March 16th, 2023 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
Poster Tear Down: Friday, March 17th 2023 at 5:30 pm
(Please note that any remaining posters will be discarded)

Poster Size and Format

Poster presenters will be provided with a blank board and push pins at the conference site. Two posters will be mounted on each board. The poster boards will be approximately 8’ high by 4’ wide and will be labeled with the poster number and arranged in the order that the posters are listed in the program.

 Meeting Location

2023 STEMS will be hosted at the main campus of the University of Central Florida (UCF), in Orlando FL, USA. The symposium will be held in the Hall 101 of the L3Harris Corporation Engineering Center (HEC Bldg.), 4328 Scorpius St, Orlando, FL 32816, USA.

Traveling to UCF

Airport: UCF is minutes away from both the Orlando International Airport (MCO), a major international airport serving 135 domestic and international destinations, and the Orlando Sanford International Airport. The campus is also within driving distance of airports in Tampa and Miami, and is conveniently located near major highways.

Driving: Driving directions can be found here: